Europe's longest bar will open in York next week as the York Beer and Cider Festival is in full swing.

Hundreds of volunteers will attend the event, Yorkshire's largest festival of its kind, with 550 beers and ciders at the 250-foot bar.

The festival will take place from Wednesday 18th September to Saturday 21st September in Knavesmire. The organizers expect up to 12,000 people, as the weather forecasts predict the sunshine. Ticket sales have come from Canada and New Zealand.

Festival communication manager Nick Love said the preparations were going well.

Highlights include a beer that has been matured for two years in a whiskey barrel by the Half Moon Brewery in Ellerton to reach the favorites.

"We'll have 300 Yorkshire beers at the festival, which are the most gathered," Nick said. "It's a big celebration of brewing in Yorkshire and all that's great about Yorkshire and entrepreneurship. The vast majority of these breweries are microbreweries. They are small companies. "

"The beer festival is the largest of its kind in Yorkshire by size and selection and the largest festival outside of England.

"Over four days, it's home to Europe's longest bar, with a mile distance, and it's about 250 feet long."

The event will be led by 200 volunteers who are all members of CAMRA. Some of them came from all over the UK to help. York alone has 1300 members.

"Nobody gets paid," Nick said. "It's a love job. Commercial operations of this size would require a lot of organization, let alone volunteers. This is our eleventh on Knavesmire. "

He said that they had a reputation for being incredibly competent at organizing events and lectured on organizing beer festivals within CAMRA.

"For more than 11 years, we've been learning from the workplace to become extremely efficient. Everyone has a role and a job description. They stand on the shoulders of giants; People who have done it before pass on their expertise. "

He added, "It's a six-figure amount to hold this beer festival. We do not aim for a massive profit.

"The profit we make flows back into CAMRA."

The event is family and dog-friendly. Children have free entry and are welcome until 8pm. There is live music, walking magicians, face painting and traditional pool tables.

In addition, there are beers from the British Isles, from the Orkney Brewery to the Harbor Brewery in Cornwall, over 30 KeyKeg beers, foreign beers, world wines, Meads, Prosecco and for the first time York Gin 110 ciders from 20 counties.

Street vendors offer dishes for every taste.

A special Pullman Bus Service 198 runs all day from the opposite York station hourly from 11.30 clock directly to the festival grounds.